- One-on-one interactions with employees at a special event
- IDEA Center-hosted events with industry professionals
- Attending company-related events off-campus
- Tapping into your parent’s network, your friend’s parents, alumni, neighbors, or the IDEA Center
- Informational interviews through lunch or coffee. Company employees always love going out for coffee
- Career fairs
Planning with the 4:3 Plan
Use our professionally hand-crafted 4:3 Plan to lay out your academic plan for your entire career at Fox! Your academic success is an integral component in building a strong, professional foundation.
Have you made your 4:3 Plan yet? Click the clipboard below for more information, then make an appointment with your CAP Coach to get started.
Planning with Strategic Electives
Plan and achieve academic success by signing up for Strategic Electives; a collection of recommended classes designed to complement your major, skills, and talents.
Click the icon below to find out more about Strategic Electives and make an appointment with your CAP Coach today to lay out your plan for academic success!
Life after Fox begins with connecting your interests to a need. Exploring different positions helps you discover where you may fit in that first step after graduation. Here are some useful resources to help you understand what kinds of positions are out there, their related majors/skills, salary, growth, and more.
Internship & Job Boards
Ready to start your internship or job search? We’ve lined up some job and internship boards that can help your search process. Remember, once you find a job or internship you would like to apply for, you don’t have to go at it alone. The IDEA Center can assist you throughout the application process.
You want to put your best foot forward in every part of the job search process, and the resume and cover letter are no different. As employers read your resume, they will be scanning for specific keywords and phrases, which help them determine if you’re an ideal candidate or not. You can make your passion and your skills stand out from the crowd, and we have some resources that can help!
The resume format will depend with each applicant and each application. One aspect never changes: all resumes should include your general information, relevant experience, and education. You can meet with a Career Coach to assist you in formatting a resume that is relevant to you. Here’s a general example on formatting your resume:
Extracting Skills Onto Your Resume
Skills extraction is a process that involves pin-pointing the skills that you have and the employer wants. Our Skills Specialist Intern is great at identifying those key points in your background and helping them shine through in your resume. Once you understand the skills the employer is looking for, you can begin to record previous experiences or projects where you demonstrated those skills onto your resume. Doing this will create a more tailored resume that will capture recruiter interest.
If you need help with extracting the right skills onto your resume, use onetsocautocoder.com or jobscan.co. Each tool will give you a detailed skills extraction report of keywords and phrases you should include in your resume to catch the employer's attention.
Using Action Verbs
Action verbs help your experiences jump off the page and connect to the employer's needs. Use this resource of all the action verbs you can potentially use: Skills Extraction Resource.
Resume Guide for Student-Athletes Courtesy of Smith College
The cover letter works as a complement to your resume. It articulates your skills and experiences in a more personable way through letter-writing. Usually, the best cover letters have good grammar and are short and straight to the point.
Cover Letter Formatting
A good cover letter format should include three components:
Salutation paragraph - Creates interest and states why you are writing.
Connection paragraph - Connects the job requirements with your experience on your resume
Call-to-action paragraph - Wraps up your letter by giving the employer their next steps in contacting you.
Take a look at the cover letter examples to see how they are formatted.
Cover Letter Templates
Cover Letter Examples
“It’s not who you know, but who knows you”. The best way to prepare for your next step is to build your network before you need it. Almost 70% of jobs are found via networking, which means networking is a great way to land your next internship or job. If you’re looking for some useful networking tips, look over the FAQ below:
- Create or spruce up your LinkedIn account. People might want to find out more about you by looking up your LinkedIn account
- Research the company your contact currently works with. Get to know their services, products, history, and anything in the news
- Have questions! Make notes from your research, and include questions specifically for your contact
- Approach with energy, make a firm handshake, and smile! People love seeing energy
- Introduce your name, major, and class. If someone recommended the connection to you, mention that person as you introduce yourself
- If the occasion seems appropriate, come prepared with a business card, resume and a notepad to take notes
- 85% of the conversation is about finding out more about the other person
- Be curious about their work/industry while avoiding a “What’s in it for me?” mentality
- Ask for advice or insight about landing a job or internship in that specific industry or company
- Ask questions about their industry/company, their job, daily tasks, etc.
- Be prepared to talk about your major, and why you chose that major
- Articulate your passion to work in the industry your contact is currently working in, if it’s of interest to you. People are interested in hearing your story and what your future goals entail
- Like, follow or connect to their business social media accounts
- Send a concise, sincere, short thank you paragrach via email (be specific and mention something from the conversation)
- If they offered to make an introduction to another connection, mention that in your thank you email
- Circle back to them when it seems appropriate and nurture the relationship
Informational interviewing is like networking. You go out, meet with an industry professional of your choice, and gain insight about the person your interviewing. The goal is to get an idea about what it’s like to work for a particular company/industry and learn about that individual. Go out for coffee or lunch and follow this guideline on how to conduct a successful interview!
- Make contact through either email or phone and confirm a date
- Work around their availbility instead of yours
- You want to work at their convenience
- If someone referenced you, mention that in your message
- Bring your energy! (But stay authentic) Show some enthusiasm for being allowed to interview them!
- Smile, shake with a firm handshake and make eye contact
- Start the conversation by introducing yourself. Articulate your reason for wanting the meeting (keep it to passion, interest, inquiry)
- Come prepared with a copy of your resume and business card, a pad of paper, a pen and a list of questions
People love talking about themselves and their work.
- Ask about how they started out and get them to tell their story
- Draw up more questions as you listen to their answer
- As the conversation goes along, ask for advice, not the job
- Keep asking questions that show you are curious about the person and their work (Ask why they like working for their particular company. What excites them? What motivates them?)
Your goal is to walk away from each informational interview with a refined understanding of your career options, and a better understanding about the work your interviewee does, and a possibly a new connection.
You can be easily forgotten. Nothing personal, people are just busy.
- Like, follow, and connect to their professional social media accounts
- After the interview, send a concise, sincere, and short "thank you" paragraph via email
- If your interviewee mentioned someone you should connect with, mention that in your email as well by asking for an introduction
- Remember their name
- Keep a log of dates, times, comments, and other linking connections
- Circle back to them when appropriate
Trust the next door will open for you!